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Split Loyalties for Navy Blue
Thursday, 19th Sep 2019 20:45

Town fan Glyn Duffell will have split loyalties when the Blues visit Gillingham on Saturday afternoon.

Glyn is the Executive Officer of the Royal Navy’s newest warship, HMS Medway, which was commissioned today in Chatham with the crew set to be at Saturday’s game.

“This Saturday, my ship HMS Medway is in Chatham and the crew is marching through the town to receive the freedom of the town as part of our commissioning ceremony,” Glyn, who hails from Martlesham Heath and who has been a Blues fan for 30 years, told TWTD.

“For any Town fans visiting, the ceremony will take place on the crossroads of High Street and Military Road in Chatham from 11am. Any Town fans coming along would be hugely appreciated!

“Later in the day, my crew will be at Priestfield for the match, kindly hosted by Gillingham FC, in order to establish our affiliation with the club. We will be doing various things at the match, including a potential march round the pitch.

“Although becoming affiliated with Gillingham, I am a lifelong Town fan and it would be great for the ship to receive the support of the travelling Blue Army.”

HMS Medway, a patrol vessel, will be used for counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling operations and disaster-relief.

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MoscowBlueMule added 20:56 - Sep 19
He's not the only one. I grew up on the Priestfield terraces. I could sneak off to Gillingham from Canterbury without the parents knowing. Portman road was a tad to far for that.

town win all day long though.

floridablue added 21:51 - Sep 19
Truly hoping a good few town fans are there to cheer you guys on. would be great if at the end of the day some of the crew are converted town fans!

meach1978 added 21:55 - Sep 19
Lived near The Strand, ‘used’ The Gills as my local team but always a real Blue.

Marshalls_Mullet added 22:14 - Sep 19
Is this the chap who posted on the forum yesterday?

Kentish_Tractor added 22:56 - Sep 19
Is Gillingham still a real dive? I went to Kent Uni (Canterbury campus - hence the username), but used to visit my brother every now and again who was at the Medway Campus in Gillingham. Chatham made Ipswich look considerably up-market from memory back in the late noughties.

meekreech added 07:24 - Sep 20
Played tthe reserves several times . Trained with them in late 1964 .

ChrisFelix added 09:12 - Sep 20
How many people realise that when Town entered the football league they replaced Gillingham. In those days it wasn't automatic & more 'the old boys act'. My grandfather worked for a Rochester firm & said the Kentish folk didn't like it

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